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Tequila

Popular Tequila Types: Blanco Tequila | Joven Tequila | Reposado Tequila | Anejo Tequila | Extra Anejo Tequila

Tequila is a Mexican spirit, made with the blue agave or “agave tequilana” from where the drink gets its name. Tequila is produced in the area surrounding the city of the same name, and in the Mexican highlands.

Tequila was first produced in the 1500s, near what is now the city of Tequila. The agave plant had been used in the preparation of alcoholic drinks for centuries; in fact the Aztecs had made a fermented drink from it called octli. In around 1600, the Marquis of Altamira, Don Pedro Sánchez de Tagle, first mass produced tequilas in a factory he founded in Jalisco.

The agave plant is still harvested by hand, by workers called "jimadores" They work carefully to harvest the small Agave offspring without damaging the parent plant. The exact time of the harvest is very important, because if the agave plants are gathered too early in the season, the natural sugars will have yet to develop, and if it is gathered too late, the natural sugars will have already been used up by the plant.

The agave plants are then shredded and pressed and the juices are fermented in vats. More traditional companies still crush the plants with an old-fashioned stone wheel.

The fermented juices are distilled, usually twice, though sometimes three times. Tequila is often barrel aged, and this helps develop the flavours and aromas of the drink.

El Torito Silver

70cl, 35%
Polini Group S.r.I

An unaged El Torito Tequila, which was made in Mexico. Perfect for a Paloma, just make sure you've got enough fresh grapefruit juice!  More info

El Torito Silver
$15.94

Sauza Tequila Silver

70cl, 38%
Sauza

Unaged tequila, made from blue agave by Sauza, which was founded by Don Cenobio Sauza, one of the earliest distillers of tequila. He created the Sauza distillery all the way back in 1873. A clean,…  More info

Sauza Tequila Silver
$19.43

Casa Noble Reposado

70cl, 40%
Casa Noble

A reposado tequila from the Casa Noble range, aged for exactly 364 days - one more day and this would have been legally considered an anejo tequila. It matures in French white oak barrels, imparting…  More info

Casa Noble Reposado
1
$50.55

Maverick Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
La Cofradia

Oh look, it's a Reposado offering of tequila for the Maverick range, one of Jake's favourites (apparently he once enjoyed some Maverick Tequila in a pub in Darlington, which he enjoys telling us…  More info

Maverick Reposado Tequila
$19.98

Centinela Reposado

70cl, 38%
Tequila Centinela SA

Reposado tequila from the Centinela brand, produced in Arandas, Jalisco, with 100% agave and rested in oak barrels for 18 months. The Centinela brand's history stretches back to 1904 - we're sure the…  More info

Centinela Reposado
$53.73

Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila

70cl, 38%
Casco Viejo

The Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila is made in Jalisco by a family owned company, started by Don Jose Agustin Camarena in 1938. The company has been passed down through the family, ensuring respect for…  More info

Casco Viejo Reposado Tequila
$21.19

Tequila XQ Reposado

70cl, 40%
Casa Tequila XQ

Tequila XQ Reposado comes in a curiously-shaped bottle, the likes of which we're not sure we've seen before. Not only that, Tequila XQ Reposado is triple distilled and matured in not one, not two but…  More info

Tequila XQ Reposado
$35.91

1800 Silver Tequila

70cl, 38%
1800

This is a premium 100% blue agave silver Tequila from 1800.  More info

1800 Silver Tequila
$32.35

Sierra Antiguo Plata

70cl, 40%
Destilerias Sierra

Blanco or 'Plata' tequila from Sierra Antiguo - unlike the añejo it doesn't seem to come with a sombrero on the lid...  More info

Sierra Antiguo Plata
$34.77

Olmeca Blanco

70cl, 38%
Olmeca Tequila

A silver tequila from Olmeca, this is unaged tequila from the Jalisco highlands. Great in a margarita.  More info

Olmeca Blanco
$21.81

El Mayor Blanco Tequila

75cl, 40%
El Mayor

The El Mayor range is a selection of 100% Agave tequila from the Mexican highlands. The brand's Master Distiller is Rocolfo Gonzalez, a third generation tequila distiller. Also, the El Mayor bottles…  More info

El Mayor Blanco Tequila
$40.82

Don Angel Oro Tequila

70cl, 38%
Don Angel

Gold tequila from the Don Angel range, likely to be used in a number of tequila-based cocktails on summer evenings.  More info

Don Angel Oro Tequila
$19.67

Maverick Tequila

70cl, 38%
La Cofradia

Produced in Jalisco, Mexico, this traditional double distilled tequila is best enjoyed by those who don't play by the rules (but by Christ they get results), either neat or in a cocktail. I once…  More info

Maverick Tequila
1
$18.66

Casco Viejo Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Casco Viejo

Blanco tequila from Casco Viejo, a family owned company which was started by Don Jose Agustin Camarena in 1938. Made with 100% agave. With classic peppery, fruity, herbal notes rippling through it,…  More info

Casco Viejo Blanco Tequila
$21.09

AquaRiva Reposado

70cl, 38%
AquaRiva

Produced by the AquaRiva company, this is a stunning Reposado Tequila. It is made with pure spring water and 100% Blue Weber Agave plants sourced from the Mexican Jalisco Highlands.  More info

AquaRiva Reposado
$25.73

Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila

70cl, 40%
Destileria La Fortuna

100% blue agave, double distilled and matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 9 months. Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila is made by Destilería La Fortuna in Arandas County, Jalisco, Mexico.  More info

Herencia Mexicana Reposado Tequila
$44.10

Excellia Reposado

70cl, 40%
Excellia Tequila

Jean-Sébastien Robicquet and Carlos Camarena, both very talented and respected in their own right, have collaborated on a range of tequilas known as Excellia. Made with 100% blue agave from Jalisco…  More info

Excellia Reposado
1
$47.44

La Serpiente Emplumada Extra Añejo

70cl, 40%
La Serpiente Emplumada

At the peak of the Serpiente Emplumada range is their Extra Añejo tequila! A golden label for an equally golden hue of the spirit...  More info

La Serpiente Emplumada Extra Añejo
$48.55

La Cava de Don Agustin Blanco Tequila

70cl, 38%
Tequila Supremo

Unaged tequila from the Don Agustin range, produced in Jalisco. Made from 100% agave and not even shown a barrel before it was bottled, this tequila would feel right at home at the centre of your…  More info

La Cava de Don Agustin Blanco Tequila
$35.68

Herradura Plata

70cl, 40%
Herradura

Produced by Casa Herradura in the Sierre-Madre mountain range, this fine Plata Tequila is aged for forty days in oak barrels before bottling. It is distilled from nothing but 100% blue agave plants…  More info

Herradura Plata
$38.80

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)

50cl, 40%
Ocho

A Reposado tequila from the Rancho La Latilla 2015 harvest, bottled as part of the Ocho range. Still features the big roasted fruit notes of the Blanco, though now with touches of coffee and caramel…  More info

Ocho Reposado Tequila 2015 (La Latilla)
1
$22.74

Hijos De Villa Bullet Reposado

70cl, 38%
Licores Veracruz

Just when we thought the Hijos de Villa Tequila Reposado Pistol was the ultimate accessory... they bring out the ultimate accessory for the ultimate accessory! Use this bullet-shaped 70cl bottle…  More info

Hijos De Villa Bullet Reposado
$25.14

La Serpiente Emplumada Silver

70cl, 44%
La Serpiente Emplumada

The entry level expression from the Serpiente Emplumada (or 'Feathered Snake') tequila range, made with 100% blue agave. Imagine a snake with feathers. Do it. Pretty cool, right?  More info

La Serpiente Emplumada Silver
$29.81

Arette Añejo

70cl, 38%
Arette

Simply a marvellous tequila, full to the brim with fruity agave and vanilla spiced. Arette Añejo, spends 14 to 18 months resting in American white oak barrels before it's bottled.  More info

Arette Añejo
$35.02

Arette Unique Extra Añejo

35cl, 40%
Arette

A rare and very exciting tequila from Arette, they made just 3,000 bottles of this. It is 6 years old, aged in 2 different types of American white oak, as well as French Limousin oak. It bears the…  More info

Arette Unique Extra Añejo
$129.66

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